Don't Wait for Something Drastic to Happen to be Reminded of How Good Life Is
We were on a bus ride to the Russian river when my roommate Rob and I started to discuss about life-changing moments. He is quite a laid-back and private guy, which made the confession of his personal experience all the more intriguing. He got his one day, while on acid (LSD). It was an experience that had never happened with other drugs; other substances he tried would actually make him feel miserable at some point, either physically or mentally. That day, after having swallowed the drug and as the substance started to kick, he started to step deep into his soul, reflecting around his emotions.
"Drugs help you realise that everything is a result of the decisions you make, including your emotions, your thoughts. Emotions are like a flame on your arm, you can decide to either blow them off or let them burn you.
I also started to become aware of every single cell forming my body, interacting to keep me alive, without having to actively think about it or consciously act on it. Every part of our bodies make us who we are, when all we really know is our skin. While on LSD, your mind is clear, but your visual experience is different, sharper, brighter, bolder, kind of like the screen saver of a computer.
As I looked at myself in the mirror, I touched the glass, trying to reach out to my reflection, amazed to discover every single detail of my appearance, noticing my facial features, the mannerism of my body, as if it were for the very first time.
When walking around alone, I could see how amazing the world around me truly was, how each little detail had been created with such perfection, and the fact that surprisingly, all seemed to work and make sense".
At that point of the story, I almost wanted to try acid myself, but I focused on the lesson he had learnt: the common denominator of all those emotional, physical and mental disruptions, was a deep feeling of thankfulness and appreciation.
Rob continues: "I, like most people, used to take my comfort and security for granted, from the clothes I wore, to the coffee I drank in the morning. Yet, we were born in a moment of history when the biggest problems of humanity have already been solved: unlimited access to water and electricity, shelter, preventable diseases, to name a few. We forget that we were born into it a world that was not made this way. But we never think about it. Do you ever?
In comparison to the future too, there’s a lot to be thankful for. We do not know how life will look a hundred years forward… Most likely, looking at the current evolution and trends, our lives will become more superficial, social interactions will decrease. We will thrive with our laziness. And virtual reality will take away the journey. For example, let’s say you want to travel, you do not have to go to Australia anymore. You skip the line at the airport and the 30+ hours on the plane. You simply put a VR headset on and it’s like you are there.
The best part of this awakening moment is that Rob has been keeping this sensation ever since:
"I now see the world differently, I realise how small we are in the grand scheme, and I more appreciative of what I have".
We seem to live in a world where everything is taken for granted, where we expect to get everything right here right now, and the more we have, the less we appreciate all the good things we see, own or get to experience. We shouldn’t need to wait for something drastic to happen to be reminded of how good life is and to be thankful for it. Let’s wake up and remind ourselves every day instead.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended to be informative only and represents solely the personal experience of interviewees. This blog is not meant to promote use of any drugs.